Road test 2013 Lexus ES 300h Driving

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LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable

Made-over ES300h gets fuel economy in cold test

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Bah, As a hybrid-car Scrooge, that’s my first reaction to hybrid

At the risk of generalizing, hybrids to be overpriced (compared to their counterparts), slow, and, just plain dull. But the new-for-2013 Lexus ES300h is starting to convince me otherwise.

conservatively styled, the ES’s new style is decidedly bolder the outgoing model. The nose a new grille and large lower air headlight surrounds sweep flowing into the fenders, and sculpted recesses for the fog lights to give a modern face. In profile, fender arches are pronounced and kickups at the end of the rocker and behind the rear wheels add interest.

A subtle trunk spoiler off the tail. A combination of technological to the gasoline/electric power plants and and aerodynamics (Lexus claims a slick drag coefficient of making the ES300h slipperier a Porsche 911 Carrera) gives the new hybrid impressive fuel ratings.

Lexus can always be on for the quality and luxury inherent in its and the ES300h’s interior is no exception.

The cluster has a simple layout and is to read, thankfully avoiding the techno-Gameboy gauges found in hybrid vehicles. The dashboard’s are elegantly modern, with a row of that colour-matches the very Ivory NuLuxe (faux upholstery. (A full leather is optional.) Keyless entry/ignition, seats, dual zone control, wood grain driver seat memory, analogue clock, fog lights, audio system, backup with seven-inch display and a feature I really liked — a seat that automatically back and steering wheel tilts up when the car is turned enabling easier exit/entry — are all features one expects in a premium

The cabin is a remarkably silent, space to spend time in, and the seat has plenty of head and leg for adults. Lexus claims the new ES has rear seat space the previous model.


Like all hybrid cars, the has several Drive modes: Normal and Sport. In Normal the 200-horsepower (combined gasoline and motors provide sufficient around town and the Lexus like a normal, gasoline-powered Switch to Eco mode and the drive-by-wire is programmed to be slower, the CVT transmission earlier, and (as we discovered in -15C conditions) the climate control is affected. Driving in Eco mode acceleration leisurely compared to or Sport, plus there’s the side-effect of forcing the heater fan to run at low

The result is in really cold it takes the interior longer to up. We found that in frigid it’s better to start off in allowing the climate control fan to operate normally, and when it the ES300H warms the interior quickly.

Once the gasoline engine was up to temperature and the cabin toasty I switched to Eco mode, where the leisurely acceleration on ice-covered streets isn’t a disadvantage, and in stop-and-go bumper-to-bumper traffic hybrids shine. Even in cold weather, with of idling, our ES300H’s on-board informs us the Lexus is sipping fuel at a stingy 8.1 L/100 km in driving. Though nowhere to the official fuel economy that’s still impressive in our severe-weather testing.

I feel choking when I say I like the Lexus ES300h Hybrid. No, definitely not a drivers’ car. But it is soft, luxurious and comes that reassuring Lexus delivering quality, reliability and after-sales service.

If you’re one of the few who’s committed to the of hybrid cars and you’re to pay the $4,400 premium over its counterpart, the 2013 Lexus Hybrid is a rock solid

The Specs

LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable

2013 Lexus Hybrid

Type of vehicle: luxury mid-size 4-door

Engine: 2.5-litre Atkinson DOHC 4-cylinder

Power: 200 (gas plus electric); 199 pound-feet of torque

Transmission: variable (CVT) with Normal and Sport modes

Brakes: Electronically Controlled system

Tires: 215/55R17 temporary spare

Price; as $43,900; $45,995 (includes ACE and $1995 frt. pdi)

LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable

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